Today I had the pleasure of presenting at the Annual Alumnae Holiday Breakfast at Grace Institute in New York City.
Grace Institute was founded in 1897 by W.R. Grace as a tuition-free training program for women. His goals were to educate and find employment for women in need. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, Grace Institute has provided low-income and unemployed women with the skills training and job placement they need to become economically self-sufficient. Since their founding, Grace Institute has served over 100,000 women. Today, the institute serves as a leader in workforce development for women, serving 300 women annually with advanced computer and professional skills to prepare students for administrative and customer support positions in industries such as banking, not-for-profit, health care and hospitality.
The women of this group were inspiring. Despite their current challenges in work and life, they were enthusiastic, open to learning, and quick to offer insights and feedback. They were even willing to get up on their feet to try actual balancing with peacock feathers and experience the focus and flexibility that balance requires!
We discussed how to create a dynamic life balance by strengthening connections, exercising flexibility, patience and consistent practice, adopting a positive outlook, and prioritizing tasks. We explored how to learn from past mistakes to generate creative solutions to build relationships with and offer value to potential employers. We looked at how to create change through creative problem solving, innovative thinking, effective collaboration and taking action.
Thank you, Grace, for including me and reinforcing that everyday is full of possibility! I look forward to future collaborations!